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Role of Wrinkle Height in Friction Variation with Number of Graphene Layers

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Molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the frictional behavior of graphene. It is found that the friction between a diamond tip and graphene decreases with increasing number of graphene layers. This behavior is also affected by the graphene sheet size; specifically, the effect of the number of layers on friction becomes significant only when the modeled graphene sheets exceed a critical length. We further show that the frictional behavior can be directly correlated to the height of near-contact wrinkles that resist sliding. These observations are rationalized in terms of the ability of multiple sheets to act as a single material as they resist wrinkle formation.

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Journal of Applied Physics



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